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article imageNorthern Ireland: Police arrest dissident Republican Colin Duffy

By Steve Hayes     Nov 2, 2012 in World
Lurgan - Northern Ireland's most prominent dissident Republican, Colin Duffy was arrested this morning by police investigating yesterday's killing of prison officer, David Black.
Colin Duffy and another man were arrested in Lurgan this morning by police officers investigating the shooting of David Black. Mr Black, as reported by Digital Journal, was ambushed as he drove to work along the M1 motorway yesterday morning. The nature of the attack led many to immediately suspect dissident Republicans, including the Northern Ireland Police Service.
Mr Black, a prison officer since the early 1980s, was shot repeatedly before his Audi A4 car veered into a ditch. He died at the scene.
As the London Evening Standard notes, Mr Black was expected to retire from the prison service shortly.
As the Independent reports, Duffy has previously been acquitted of murder charges, including the 2009 killings of two British soldiers, who were gunned down outside their barracks in Antrim.
Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, said the killing of the prison officer was rejected by the entire community. He added:
Whatever position individuals may hold on the efficacy or otherwise of armed struggle in the past, there is no rationale for it in the present circumstances.
There is no rationale now for the existence of armed groups or for carrying out armed actions in any part of this country. Those involved have no popular support or political strategy.
As the Daily Telegraph reports, Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson described Mr Black's killers as:
...flat-earth fanatics living in the dark ages, spewing out hatred from every pore.
Mr Black worked at HMP Maghaberry, Northern Ireland's maximum security prison, which has been the focus of a sustained civil rights campaign by Republicans, as Independent Republican News reports. Four prisoners at Maghaberry are currently on hunger strike, demanding political status. In addition, a further thirty Republican prisoners are involved in a long running protest against the prison's strip search policy.
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